I’ve been working on Christmas gifts – homemade this year since money is in short supply. When that happens, you have to use your head. Think about what you’ve got around the house. So I got creative.
I made my mom a family calendar using family pictures I’ve been collecting from any of the relatives that would send them to me. Plus I took quite a few new ones when I was in
visit the end of September.
This is the calendar front
This is the calendar back
Once that was finished it was a matter of printing it on back-to-back pages to make a flip calendar. The only photo paper I had was only appropriate for one-side printing, so I used a white card stock I had in the house from a different project. The pictures aren’t as sharp as they could be, but it’s still okay and actually looks better than I expected.
This is both flip calendars
Yesterday I used my binding machine to put both calendars together. Once that was done, I measured for the holes for hanging and punched those in each page.
The next step was what to use for the background. I had some card stock, but nothing red and the green wasn’t a Christmas green. In addition, I didn’t think this was heavy enough, and then I remembered that I still had quite a bit of mat material in the garage. I found the perfect green out there. I think I told you guys that I’ve dabbled in many things over the years. I was glad I still had this lying around. I have a mat cutter, but I couldn’t find my blades for it, so I had to use a ruler and a box knife. That wasn’t perfect and I had to clean it up, which took a bit of time. I ended up cutting out two frames for each ornament.
Once all that was ready, I glued the frames together back-to-back inserting red ribbon between the two frames for hanging, and then glued the pictures in the center. This was a messy job because the glue stick I was going to use was too old, clumpy, and about dried up, so I had to use Elmer’s and be extremely careful. When that was dry, I dug around in my sewing supplies and found some red rickrack, so I glued that around each picture. Then I set heavy books on them and let them sit overnight.
Today they were set up and looked very nice, but they need something extra. Going back to my craft room, I found a bag of sparkly silver pipe cleaners. Perfect. So I dug out my hot glue gun only to find that the battery won’t hold a charge. Oh boy, now what? This is where desperate measures come into play again. I started wondering how I could melt that glue without the glue gun because Elmer’s wasn’t going to work for this job. Then it hit me. I got a lighter and a glue stick and little by little, I heated the end enough to melt it and apply around the picture, so I could stick the silver pipe cleaner down around the rickrack. I could only do a couple of inches at a time, but eventually I got that task completed. The silver touch makes the perfect holiday adornment.
The finished ornaments
Merry Christmas everyone.